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Three ways to get your garden ready for summer

Known for their love of outdoor spaces – despite the unpredictable weather – recent years have seen Brits start to use their gardens as an extension of their indoor living area, with popular interior trends now making their way outside.

Nights are getting lighter and summer is now in sight, and with many of us now facing a lengthy spell at home, it’s a good time to start considering ways of making the most of their gardens. These light nights and better weather also mean that homeowners have more time to make some changes to their outside space now so they can make the most of it in summer.

With so many options available for transforming gardens of all shapes and sizes – and on all budgets – it can be difficult to know where to start. Here are our top three ways to get the most out of your garden, just in time for summer.

Consider decking

Decking has continued to grow in popularity since the 1990s, when television shows like Changing Rooms and Ground Force dominated our screens. And it’s easy to see why, with the versatility it offers along with its ability to completely transform a garden.

If you already have a timber deck, now is a great time to refresh it in time for summer. This could just be a deep clean following the winter months, or if you’re wanting to change it, you can stain it using a specialist product with plenty of colours now available to choose from.

However if you don’t currently have a deck installed, it’s one home improvement you can make which won’t involve a tradesperson having to come inside the house. There are a number of styles to choose from; including the more traditional softwood timber deck or Trex, the modern composite deck. Trex decking has been growing in popularity in recent years thanks to offering an eco-friendly solution: it’s made from up to 95 per cent recycled materials and is long-lasting, with Trex offering a 25 year residential warranty.

As well as looking stylish, Trex is easy to maintain as it won’t rot, split, fade or stain; needing only a wash with soapy water to bring it back to its best – and the less time spent keeping the deck in top condition means more time to enjoy it.

And being on a budget doesn’t mean you have to rule a Trex deck out: the brand launched two new collections in 2019 which provide a lower-cost option without compromising on quality. The Trex Enhance Naturals collection offers an affordable solution while the Trex Enhance Basics collection provides the ideal entry level decking.

North Spas deck - Monkridge

Go green

The link between nature and wellbeing continues to influence both interior and exterior trends, and plants make great additions to garden patios and decking; often providing a finishing touch to the space.

Simply being around greenery is said to have a positive impact on our wellbeing, but incorporating space to grow your own vegetables is a great way to make the most of your garden through the creation of a relaxing hobby.

Both growing your own vegetables and adding plants to your garden not only helps to create a relaxing space to enjoy through summer, but they also contribute to it being more eco-friendly.

Don’t be afraid of colour

Summer is associated with colour – like the blue sky and yellow sun we hope to see plenty of – so why not use this as inspiration for your garden?

Painting outdoor furniture and other wood items can make a huge difference to the look and feel of a space, so is a simple and relatively cheap way of transforming a garden in time for the warmer months. Common additions to gardens such as sheds, wooden benches, sleepers, fences and bird houses are ideal ways of adding some colour to an outdoor space.

With endless colours to choose from, it’s easy to refresh the space in a way that suits your individual taste – whether that’s using bright shades or natural tones, it can make a big difference in transforming a garden into a relaxing space to enjoy throughout the summer months and beyond.

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